Jun 23, 2017

Union Office Closure: Friday, June 23 - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Due to the installation of new carpeting in our suite, the Union Office will be closed from Friday, June 23rd, reopening on Thursday, July 13th.

In spite of the office closure, the Union staff will still be working remotely, so, hopefully, you will not even be aware of the inconvenience.

In order to reach us, you may call the Union Office telephone number, 313.577.1750, and leave a voicemail message. Your messages will be forwarded to the office@aaupaft.org email address. If you prefer, simply send an email to office@aaupaft.org instead. We have arranged for all office staff to receive messages at this address. We will, as promptly as possible, respond.

Any meetings that need to be scheduled during this period will be arranged at other campus locations. We are attempting our best at "business as usual" -- but, please bear with us.

If you are a Faculty member and have a contract question, you may email Rita Casey, the Union's Vice President and Faculty Grievance Coordinator, at casey.rita@gmail.com. If you are an Academic Staff member and have a contract question, you may email Ricardo Villarosa, the Union's Academic Staff Grievance Coordinator, at ab0151@wayne.edu. Of course, again, please feel free to contact the Union Office at office@aaupaft.org anytime. We are always happy to help!

We wish you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Holiday!

Jun 10, 2017

Threats to agency fee a.k.a. Fair Share

On June 6, 2017, in a continuing attempt to undermine unions, the National Right to Work Committee filed an appeal with the Supreme Court seeking to have agency fee ruled unconstitutional for public-sector employees in a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. We explain below the status of this case and give a summary of what chapters can do, with the help of the AAUP, to prepare for any decision.
Agency fee has been deemed constitutional since the Supreme Court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Over the last forty years, the courts have repeatedly found that the agency fee system adequately balances the interests of the employees and the state in an efficient labor relations system and the First Amendment interests of union members and nonmembers. However, in a 2014 decision, Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito questioned whether Abood was good law and virtually invited challenges to the constitutionality of agency fee. In this opinion, Alito claimed that all agency fee arrangements in the public sector could violate the First Amendment as they compel nonmembers to pay for activities that may address matters of public concern and are therefore “political.” Anti-union groups took up Justice Alito’s invitation and have pushed a number of cases through the courts.
Last year, the Supreme Court took up such a challenge in Friedrichs v. Cal. Teachers Ass'n, 194 L. Ed. 2d 255, 136 S. Ct. 1083, 84 U.S.L.W. 4159 (U.S. 2016). Many organizations filed briefs on both sides, and the AAUP filed an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of agency fees. While initially a majority of the Court seemed poised to find agency fee unconstitutional, the death of Justice Scalia left the Court equally divided, with four justices likely in favor of finding agency fee constitutional and four opposed. The Court issued a summary decision that did not address the substantive question. Unfortunately, recently appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch may side with the four conservative justices, and thus the Supreme Court could revisit the issue and could find agency fee unconstitutional, at least in the public sector.
There are a number of pending cases that could serve as the vehicle for the Court to address the issue. One case that may be such a vehicle is Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a challenge to agency fee for Illinois public sector employees. On March 21, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the union based on Abood, noting that, “neither the district court nor this court can overrule Abood, and it is Abood that stands in the way of [Appellants] claim.” Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, 851 F.3d 746 (7th Cir. 2017).
On June 6, 2017, the plaintiffs in Janus filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. Once a petition is filed, the Court must decide whether to grant the petition and thereby accept the case. If the petition is not granted, the lower court decision is final. If the petition is granted, then the Court sets a briefing and argument schedule. For cases on a normal schedule, the Court can take from several months to several years to issue a decision. In the Janus case, a decision on whether or not to accept the case will likely be made in the fall of 2017. In the event that the Supreme Court accepts Janus, or another case addressing this issue, the AAUP anticipates joining or filing an amicus brief in support of the current precedent that agency shop/fair share fees are constitutional.
If, as expected, the Supreme Court accepts the case, any decision holding agency fee unconstitutional would probably be issued by the time the Supreme Court term ends in late June 2018. If a decision is issued holding agency fees unconstitutional, it would likely be effective the day it is issued. There would probably be no waiting period or grandfathering of existing contracts, as there often is when there are legislative changes. Thus, agency fees could not be collected or retained as of the day the decision is issued, even if a collective bargaining agreement or state law is in effect.
This legal threat to union rights is part of a broader effort to weaken unions as effective representatives for working people. For an AAUP chapter, these efforts amount to a direct attack on the democratically elected voice of the faculty. As the leadership and staff of your union, you can defend your organization and the higher education labor movement by committing to constant organizing.
The AAUP is ready to stand with you. For more resources on organizing, visit the AAUP-CBC website or contact organizing@aaup.org.
Chapters should also prepare for the budgetary and other impacts of any decision. The primary defense against the elimination of agency fee is to ensure that the chapter has a high percentage of members. Generally unions have found that when agency fee is eliminated they often do not lose members, but primarily lose the agency fees they collect from nonmembers. Thus, maximizing the percentage of eligible employees who are members of the chapter is essential. Chapters should also carefully review the chapter budget and should be prepared for the possibility of losing the revenue received from agency fee payers.
At the AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute in Cincinnati July 27–30 we will present a session on Threats to Union Agency Fees and Other Challenges: How to Survive and Thrive. This session will provide an overview of potential threats, when they might be realized, and the legal and fiduciary obligations of union leaders to anticipate and address their impacts. We will also provide practical guidance on how chapters can build effective, member-led unions in the aftermath of these legal challenges. The Summer Institute will also feature multiple workshops designed to help you organize new members, engage existing members, and run effective campaigns. Learn more about the Summer Institute or register at https://www.aaup.org/2017-SI.
We will continue to provide information to chapters as the case proceeds.
Aaron Nisenson
AAUP Senior Counsel
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Jun 9, 2017

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System’s Basic Physical Self Defense Course for Women

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty,

The Wayne State University Police Department will again host the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System’s Basic Physical Self Defense Course for Women in July 2017. 

This RAD Basic Self Defense Class will be held on two successive Monday and Wednesday evenings:  July 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th, 2017. 
All RAD classes will be held at the Wayne State University Police Department. located at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs, two blocks north of the Ford/I-94 freeway.
The Rape Aggression Defense system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self defense. The RAD program is taught nationwide and its widespread acceptance is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of R.A.D. tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology.
Our Basic R.A.D course is open to girls and women of all ages. In fact, graduates of our past R.A.D. classes ranged in age from 11 years old to 74 years of age.  Over 1,500 women have attended our Basic RAD program classes since RAD came to the WSUPD in late 1999.

Several male and female WSU Police Officers, who are also nationally certified RAD instructors, will teach each RAD session. The program is a 13 hour women’s self defense course that has been internationally recognized as an effective and easy-to-learn personal safety tool.  Each class consists of four separate sessions that cover a variety of topics; including personal safety and safety awareness, physical defense techniques, and aggressive defense measures, such as tactical ground fighting, to be used as options, available to the woman who is attacked. 
The last session (Simulation Night) allows you to test your new skills and techniques to defend yourself in three simulated attacks. 
All RAD classes are open to women only. Husbands, boyfriends or other males will not be allowed to attend or view this training. RAD classes are scheduled monthly and RAD Class announcements will be made via Campus Watch emails. If you are interested in taking our RAD classes, keep your eye on future Campus Watch emails for RAD class dates and times.
Additionally, the WSUPD has increased our RAD class offerings and we will be periodically scheduling Advanced RADRAD Weapons Defense, RAD for Men, RAD Key Chain Defense and RAD Aerosol Defense Options.
In June of 2015, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the University of Windsor released the results of a Canadian study on sexual assaults on three college and university campuses in that country. This 10 year study, the first of its kind in North America, showed that, "The chance of a woman being (sexually) assaulted during four years at a university is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent over a four-year period".  (U.S. findings are similar with Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics indicating that 1 out of 4 women will be a survivor of rape or attempted rape between the ages of 14 and 25).

See the below link for the news story on this Canadian study and note the three related stories on the right side of the page after you access the below link

"Women Trained to Resist Sexual Assault Far Less Likely to be Raped" - 

Not familiar with the WSUPD Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Women's Self Defense program or not sure if it's for you? Well, WDIV/ClickonDetroit.com sent a reporter and cameraman to our November 2013 RAD class for a "Local 4 Defenders" news story. You can see that story at the following link:


If you make the time commitment, we will commit to providing you with some of the best women's self defense training available.
NOTE: WSU Students, Staff and Faculty members may also attend with, or enroll, one non-WSU woman as their guest. This would include non-WSU spouses, partners, girlfriends, Mom's and female siblings. Daughters and siblings 12 to 16 years of age may attend the RAD training program once a parent signs a Parental Consent Form. Because of the subject matter content, we highly recommend that the minor female attends the RAD course with a female parent or older female sibling.

This Basic Rape Aggression Defense course is very popular. Previous Basic RAD classes filled very quickly and were met with overwhelming success. If you plan on registering with a friend or relative, don’t delay.

The RAD course costs only $20.00 per participant for the four session class. Payment is required at time of registration. We can accept cash or checks, payable to 'Wayne State University Police'.

You must register in advance to ensure your enrollment. See below for registration details.

Monday, July 10th, 2017                  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017            5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Monday, July 17th, 2017                  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 19th. 2017            5:30 pm to 9:30 pm  (Simulations Night)
How to register for the July 2017 Basic RAD Class -

In order to maintain a high student to instructor ratio, class size is limited to the first 20 registered participants. To register for this class, please bring your $20 registration fee and your WSU OneCard ID, to the Records Section of the Wayne State Police Department located at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs, two blocks north of the Ford freeway. (Feel free to park in the 'Police Only Zone' in front of the building as the course registration will only take a couple of minutes).

WSUPD Records Section Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Registrations for this upcoming Basic RAD class will be accepted until Friday, July 6th, 2017 unless the class fills to capacity before 
that time.


Crime Prevention Section
Wayne State University Police
6050 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202
desk: 313-577-6064

EMERGENCY phone: 313-577-2222
web: http://police.wayne.edu
email: campuswatch@wayne.edu

Jun 4, 2017

Academic Staff Steering Committee 2017 election bios

Running for Co-Chair

Department of African American Studies & Department of Urban Studies and Planning
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor II
  • Master of Arts, Department of Leadership and Counseling, College Student Personnel, Eastern Michigan University, June 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, College of Business, Business Marketing, Ferris State University, May 1989
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Member-at-Large, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Academic Staff Steering Committee, 2016-2017
  • Council Representative, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, Departments of African American Studies & Urban Studies and Planning, 2015-present
  • Volunteer, Wayne State University (WSU) Graduation Commencement Ceremony
  • Membership Rounding, Membership Outreach and Education (MORE), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016
  • Social Justice Committee (an extension committee of MORE), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075
  • Lead Organizer, Alternative for Girls, Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2016
  • Department Liaison, SNOWPILE (Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation), Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2015
  • Marketing Talent, 1st Annual WSU Baroudeur Bike Ride, 2015
  • Interviewer, APEX Scholars, 2014-present
  • Department Liaison, WSU HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2014
  • Guest Volunteer, Celebrate Learning Fair Planning Committee, College of Education-Mission Possible: Graduation, 2014
  • Volunteer, African American Cultural Graduation Celebration, 2014
  • Volunteer, Political Action Committee (PAC), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2014
  • AFSCME Phone Bank Volunteer, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 PAC Committee, 2014
  • Department Representative, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, WSU Combined Charitable Contributions Campaign, 2013
Statement: As an advising professional, I have over 19 years of experience committed to higher education and student success. Since joining the WSU Academic Staff, I was eager to become a member of the AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, as bringing my history with Union service is an advantage. I have been in attendance at many of the events and programs sponsored by the ASSC, ASPDC, and the AAUP-AFT Academic Forums, which I feel are important in sustaining membership and the morale of the Academic Staff experience here at WSU. I continue to keep abreast of University policies and procedures, as well as the Union's structure and information. I proudly served as Member-at-Large for the Academic Staff Steering Committee for the 2016-2017 year, and would like to continue serving the Committee as Co-Chair.

Dean of Students Office
Student Affairs
Academic Services Officer II
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, 2010
  • Master of Business Administration, Oakland University, 2012
Selected University Service and Committee Membership:
  • NASPA Culture of Respect Campus Leadership Team, 2017-present
  • Spirit of Community Awards Committee, 2016-present
  • President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2015-present
  • Student Engagement in Athletics/Warrior Pride Committee, 2015-2016
  • Community Engagement Committee, 2015-present
  • Academic Senate Student Affairs Committee, 2014-2015
  • Commencement Volunteer, 2013-present
  • Baroudeur Volunteer Dispatch Coordinator, 2015-2017
  • AP Day Volunteer, 2015-2017
Statement: Hello! I currently work as an Academic Services Officer II in the Dean of Students Office. I work primarily with student community engagement programming and DOSO signature events programming, including Orientation Part Two, Late Night Breakfast, and Alternative Spring Break Detroit. During my four years at WSU, I have been able to work on various initiatives, including student engagement in athletics, fraternity and sorority life, and legacy and affinity programs.
I am running for the ASSC Co-Chair position because I hope to continue to support the efforts of the ASSC with the backing of the colleagues from AAUP-AFT, Local 6075.
As I begin my fifth year at WSU, I am excited to become more actively involved in the matters that impact our academic staff and students. If elected, I will focus on developing innovative and robust programming to support the growth of our academic staff. As someone that has recently gone through the promotion and ESS processes, I have benefited from the guidance, both formally and informally that has come from the ASSC. I look forward to the opportunity to give back by utilizing my event planning skillset to provide programming for junior academic staff and provide professional development opportunities for our more seasoned academic staff members.

Running for Secretary

Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor I
  • Master of Science, Geology, Wayne State University, pending August 2017
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Wayne State University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science Geology, Minors Biology and Psychology, Wayne State University, 2004
  • ASPDC Outstanding Contributor Award, recognition of significant accomplishments during the previous academic year and emerging leadership among junior academic staff, 2017
  • Michigan Mineralogical Society Life Membership, recognition of 15 years of excellence in service, 10 years as monthly MMS Newsletter Editor and Hospitality Chair, and commitment to further education in the community, 2016
  • Extra Mile Award, Wayne State University Student Disability Services, recognition for commitment and service to SDS students, 2014
  • Richard J. Barber Faculty/Staff Award, WSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, for WSU Planetarium and Outreach Efforts, 2012
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Council Representative, Department of Physics and Astronomy, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2015- present
  • Secretary, Academic Staff Steering Committee, 2016-2017
  • ASSC Holiday Fundraiser and Service Opportunity, Volunteer Donation Collector, 2016 and 2017
  • CLAS Orientation Sub-Committee Member, 2015-2016
  • Mentee Participant, WSU Academic Staff Mentoring Program, 2013-2016
  • CLAS Selective-Salary Committee, 2014-2016
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy Retention and Recruiting Committee, Undergraduate Scholarship Committee, Society of Physics Students (SPS) Student Organization Advisor, 2013-present
  • WSU Freshman/Transfer Orientations, Festifall, Scholars Day, Spring/Fall Open House, represent/promote department and university in role as academic advisor
  • Regular volunteer for WSU commencement, Late Night Breakfast
Statement: I have worked at Wayne State University since 2001 in the capacity of Academic Success Center Tutor, Instructional Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, WSU Planetarium Coordinator/Instructor, Department of Physics and Astronomy Outreach Coordinator, WSU Camp Cosmos Astronomy Summer Program Director, and the last four years as an academic advisor. I am very passionate about my job, student success, Wayne State, and the surrounding community. In the last few years I have been more involved at the college level and recently I have strived to learn and make a difference at the university level. In the last few years I have attended many of the ASSC professional development events and since August 2015 I have served as a department AAUP-AFT council representative. During this past year, I served as Secretary of the ASSC and I learned a great many things. I am running for reelection because I would like to serve as secretary for one additional year. Now that I am more familiar with the role of the ASSC, I would like to follow through with a few ideas and make a greater contribution, such as writing a newsletter that summarizes the monthly events hosted by the ASSC. If elected as secretary of the ASSC, I can contribute strong organizational skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. I will be committed to the ASSC mission, will promote greater awareness of staff engagement and I will continue to work with others to seek new ways to promote knowledge, professional development and excellence for academic staff.

Running for Member-At-Large

Student Retention
Student Affairs
Academic Advisor II

Student Retention
Student Affairs
Academic Services Officer I

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor I
Statement: For almost five years I have been the Academic Advisor for the Emerging Scholars Program in the Mathematics department. I have spent my entire academic and professional career here at the University, and will receive ESS October 2017. The Emerging Scholars Program is an honors program where students take an intensive supplemental workshop in addition to their mathematics lecture where we put emphasis on collaborative learning and high expectations for all who participate, but also provide a great support system to encourage the students to succeed. As their support coordinator, I am responsible for the approximately 200 students each semester that enroll in our courses, making sure they are prepared for not only the rigors of the program, but also prepared to move forward in their academic careers.
Due in part of the dedication and energy I have put in during my time as academic advisor, the program enjoys a great reputation with a vast majority of who participate, and we come highly recommended by both students and staff. However, I have the ASSC to thank for guiding and developing me professionally to make sure I obtained ESS. The workshops organized by the committee and the connection to other academic staff were invaluable resources that I could not find in my own unit. I am frequently in attendance for ASSC events and value the great work that the Union does for those who work at the University. At this point in my career giving back to support the committee that has helped me is what I want to do now. I want to become more than just a support for mathematics students, I want to help advance my colleagues in their careers, who might be in the same situation as I once was in, a goal that reflects the very purpose of the committee. In order to achieve those goals, I would like to be able to bring the same dedication as I have for my students to the committee to serve as Member-at-Large and help the ASSC become even better than it is now.
Thank you for your consideration.

Academic College Enrichment Services
Student Affairs
Academic Advisor I
Statement: "Young professional destined for greatness" are the words once stated to me by a former supervisor. My name is Nicholas Patterson and I am an Academic Advisor in the APEX Program. I have been employed with WSU since May 2016. Before my employment at WSU, I worked at Washtenaw Community College for 3 years as the Lead Talent Development Specialist in Workforce Development. I obtained my Bachelor's from Eastern Michigan University in preparation of one day becoming a high school English teacher. Since I have been employed at WSU, I have been selected and served on various committees, formed a beneficial networking relationship with colleagues inside and outside the department, and have received stellar remarks from my supervisor about my work ethic. One of the mottos of my fraternity is "servants of all"; which is why I would like to be your 2017 Member-at-Large. I desire to serve our students and colleagues in the best ways possible while staying abreast of new trends. I yearn to be a part of an executive board that will strengthen and challenge me while also providing a youthful perspective to how we serve our students. Today, I am asking for your full confidence in voting for me, Nicholas Patterson, as your 2017 Member-at-Large.

Office of Student Affairs (Deans Office Pharmacy & Health Sciences)
Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Academic Services Officer I
  • Bachelor of Art, Linguistics, Wayne State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Art, Romance Languages - Spanish, Wayne State University, 2009
  • Master of Art, Romance Languages - Spanish, Wayne State University, 2016
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Selective Salary Committee, Academic Staff Collegial Committee, EACPHS, 2016, 2017
  • Member-at-Large, Academic Staff Steering Committee, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016
  • College Representative, Honors College, Scholars Day, 2011-present
  • College Representative, Admitted Students Day, 2013-present
  • Commissioner, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2013-present
  • Vice Chair, Gender and Equity Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015
  • Scholarship Committee and Membership Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015
  • Member, University Advising Council (UAC), President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2010-2011
  • Volunteer, University Commencement, 2011-present
  • Liaison, Student Disability Services, 2012-present
Statement: In the last year, I found it rewarding to help on the Academic Staff Steering Committee by hosting valuable events that help disseminate knowledge to Union members. Since I have been a member of AAUP-AFT for 7 years, I would like to continue my service by participating in AAUP-AFT and ASSC events. I have found these events invaluable for better understanding AAUP-AFT, ASSC, and the support that they provide to academic professionals. These events and the support they offered, fostered in me a desire to give back to the Union and its members. I am hoping to enthusiastically demonstrate my commitment to AAUP-AFT and ASSC by supporting the Union and the committee as a Member-at-Large.

Academic Services Education
College of Education
Academic Advisor II
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Michigan State University, May 2000
  • Juris Doctor, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, September 2003
  • Advisor Training Academy, WSU Level 1 Advisor Certification, October 2016
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Rounding Volunteer, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016-present
  • Interviewer and COE Representative, Scholars Day (University), 2016-present
  • COE Representative, University Open Houses, 2016-present
  • Floor Marshall, Commencement (University), 2016-present
  • COE Representative, University Housing Advising Fair, 2016
  • COE Representative, Warrior Summer Preview Information Session, 2016
  • COE Representative, Transfer Open House (University), 2016
Statement: I am fortunate to have been working 12 years as an advising professional in higher education. In that time, I made a commitment early on to serve students in their pursuit of higher learning. This profession has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing students as well as colleagues. Moreover, I am thrilled to have recently joined the Wayne State University family. After my recent "rounding" experience and the events that I have attended sponsored by ASSC, it has sparked a desire to contribute to the mission, goals and programming of ASSC, ASPDC, and AAUP-AFT, Local 6075. If elected as Member-at-Large, my goal will be to continue the tradition of offering quality professional development programming while looking for opportunities to create new ways to learn and develop professionally for both senior and new academic staff.

May 30, 2017